THE SHOW "The Real Housewives of New York City"
WHEN | WHERE The second season premieres Tuesday night at 11 on Bravo before it moves to its regular time slot at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Feb. 24.
REASON TO WATCH A new housewife - model, author, designer, equestrian and mother - Kelly Killoren Bensimon, whom cast member Bethenny Frankel describes in the premiere as being "in the fabulosity crowd."
WHAT IT'S ABOUT In the second episode, cast member LuAnn de Lesseps - better known as "The Countess" - sums up why women love to watch this show.
Dolled up in an Emanuel Ungaro gown for a chic fundraiser honoring her that evening, de Lesseps orders pizza for her children at their Bridgehampton house. ( The Hamptons seem to play an even larger role this season.) She explains in a cutaway that her live-in housekeeper has been away for almost a month visiting family overseas. "It's a lot more hectic, you know," she adds, "with meals and doing the dishes and the laundry and there's a lot of stuff going on."
That's the kind of line housewives everywhere will use to talk among themselves, mostly with disdain. But that's also why they will keep watching.
BOTTOM LINE The whole "Real Housewives" brand has been a cult favorite among real housewives, both those who stay at home and those who work outside the house. Whether it's New York City, Orange County or Atlanta, the shows speak a language most have understood since girlhood - how women relate. Oftentimes on these shows, it's pretty badly.
This is not to say the Big Apple's cast won't endear itself to fans again. Watch for Frankel's hysterical impression of new BFF Jill Zarin (a wig and tiny dog are involved); Alex McCord's smarts at defusing a public relations disaster for husband Simon van Kempen; Zarin's ability to apologize for said public relations disaster; Ramona Singer's skill at keeping romance alive in her marriage; and newbie Bensimon's thoughtfulness about discussing her life, however more luxurious it might be than that of most single moms.